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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Southampton, Itchen of 1 May 2012, Official Report, column 1384W, on email, what her policy is on using personal email accounts for departmental business; and whether (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers of her Department have used their own email accounts for official business in the last year.
The Ministerial Code and the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers set out how Ministers and special advisers should conduct government business.
Departmental policy is that personal email accounts should not be used for official business other than in exceptional circumstances.